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Margaret Cunningham, CIH, RN

Senior Industrial Hygienist

504-561-6563 (Work)
504-224-0971 (Mobile)
365 Canal Street, Suite 2760
New Orleans, LA 70130

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Margaret L. Cunningham has over 35 years of professional experience in industrial hygiene, safety, environmental remediation, corporate management, and healthcare. Margaret has managed a staff of industrial hygienists and safety professionals as a Corporate Health and Safety Manager of a nationwide environmental remediation firm. She has provided industrial hygiene consulting services to companies in multiple industries: healthcare, medical equipment, food processing, manufacturing, construction, hotels and resorts, schools, off-shore oil drilling, oil refining, and agriculture. She has developed training programs, written companies’ EH&S programs, managed hazardous waste disposal, and written remediation protocols for losses such as floods, fires, hurricanes, and tornadoes. She has performed cause and origin investigations for insurance claims on infectious disease outbreaks, food contamination events, and environmental disasters.  She has also been recognized as a Certified Industrial Hygienist (CIH) since 1993 and a registered nurse.

Margaret has expertise in: industrial hygiene, OSHA compliance, process safety management, facility wide safety audits, fire and flood impact assessments, job hazard analyses, indoor air quality, ergonomics, accident investigation, and root cause analysis. She worked in the Washington state OSHA program for 14 years, conducting over 500 inspections as an industrial hygiene compliance officer.

Margaret provides litigation support and expert testimony in cases involving alleged exposures to asbestos, benzene, crude oil, welding fume, and various industrial and occupational hazards. She researches legal issues related to the cases, writes technical reports, gives depositions, advises attorneys, and testifies in court.

Margaret worked on the BP Deep Water Horizon Oil Spill Emergency Response Project having the position as the CIH State Lead for over two years. She provided incident command oversight and direction to multiple teams of industrial hygienists and safety professionals in two states. She rotated in and out of Mississippi, Louisiana, and Florida acting as the CIH State Lead. She was responsible for evaluating numerous operations for exposure and safety concerns and making recommendations for corrective action.